Diet.com member Brandi was working construction while deconstructing her health through poor eating habits and a lack of exercise. A year and a half after turning to the Internet for help, she's down 107 pounds and wearing size 8s rather than 20s!
Brandi has switched jobs and changed her mind about the life she longs to lead -- a life free of medications and the stresses that come with carrying so much extra weight.
"I was at 263 pounds and didn't care about anything," she tells Diet.com. "Then I awoke one morning and realized it was time to find me again."
Brandi terms herself a private person so she refrained from the more traditional weight loss centers. Instead, she found all the advice and diet tips she needed online.
Over the last year and a half she added exercise into her daily routine, switched from a construction job to a more regimented office position, and gave up her beloved beer and cheese... well, most of it!
"I still enjoy a few beers at the local club but it's the 64-calorie type and I only have a few before calling it a night," Brandi says.
"I absolutely adore cheese but I gave it up for a while. But now that I am down more than 100 pounds I allow myself some on occasion."
Brandi, who goes by the Diet.com username SmileB, is thrilled with the fact she can now squeeze into size 6s -- although 8s are often the pants of choice.
The Wyoming native is also excited about the prospect of hopping on a plane this week and heading off to see her mother for the first time in two years.
"I still have 6 pounds to go to hit my goal of 150, but my mom will be stunned by how much weight I've lost," Brandi says.
"She and my father are renewing their wedding vows and I wanted to be there to help them share the moment."
Brandy credits online weight loss with helping her get on track and stay there. There were a few plateaus over the past 18 months, but she has pushed on through with her program of regular exercise and better eating.
"I still have my first workout DVD -- Pilates for Dummies," she notes. "When I started I could only make it through 2 of the 5 segments.
"But I kept on doing it until I mastered the entire workout. Also helping me out is the fact I treat cheese and beer as treats now rather than staples in my daily diet."
Brandi made great strides going it alone, but now she's turned to Diet.com for help down the home stretch!
"I enjoy the members' blogs, the expert advice, the recipes and help with portions," she says.
"I've learned to cook and eat better. Now my job is to make great healthy recipes that my husband will eat and enjoy!"
Brandi and her husband worked construction together. Their routine of hard work followed by hard play nudged the scale needle to an unacceptable level for the 5'8" Wyomingite.
"I kept getting bigger and bigger and the jobs became harder," she says. "It got to the point where I couldnâ€™t do a day's work."
Brandi, who turns 42 in July, says she's always been on the large side.
"I can't remember ever being thin," she admits. "In the 7th grade I was wearing size-9 jeans."
She now realizes that food is fuel not some sort of comforting medication when times are bad.
"I don't want to be too thin which is why my goal is 150," she says. "Once I reach my goal I plan to keep at it.
"And I feel confident I can do that with Diet.com. The site is so easy to navigate. I like the fact I can find things easily."
Brandi says she feels 20 years younger.
"I feel great! Getting up in the morning and out of bed is not a chore. I can do daily life, come home and cook dinner. The last 6 hours of my day are no longer a struggle to stay awake!"
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